Color of Change wants everyone to #MuteRKelly
“R. Kelly is a serial abuser. And it’s impossible to separate the man from the art,” stated Color of Change managing director of campaigns Arisha Michelle Hatch. “We think it’s really important that right now, in this moment that well-intentioned people make the right choice and mute R. Kelly.”
Color of Change is a racial justice organization that worked with Lifetime on the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which featured more than 50 interviews with survivors and witnesses to the hip-hop star’s alleged sexual abuse. They are also leading a campaign urging several corporations to disassociate with him.
Color of Change, along with affiliates of organizations like Girls for Gender Equality, protested outside of Sony’s offices in New York on January 16 to demand that the parent company of R. Kelly’s label RCA drop the artist — they have since dropped him.
“Our work right now as activists is to make is more expensive for these companies to stand by someone like R. Kelly than it is for them to continue business as usual,” Hatch said.
Color of Change is now asking streaming services like iTunes and Spotify to remove R. Kelly and his music from their platforms.